German Village Gazette

German Village Society

Conference, preservation officer post cause budget rise

The operating budget shows an increase of $119,000 -- nearly 30 % -- above 2013

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The German Village Society is projected to spend $521,020 in the coming year, representing a 29.6 percent increase over 2013 spending.

The 2014 operating budget, approved at the Dec. 9 Society Board of Trustees meeting, showed an increase of $119,000 over last year.

One of the biggest expenses is $73,000 the Society will spend to host an American Planning Association conference in October at the Westin Columbus Hotel, formerly know as the Great Southern Hotel at 310 S. High St.

However, the society also hopes to make a net profit of $27,000 from the event, said Shiloh Todorov, German Village Society director.

The Society also will spend up to $25,000 on hiring a historic preservation expert. A precise figure has not available because the person won't be hired until early next year, Todorov said.

In addition, the Society will contribute up to $1,500 to the long-range planning and Go Green committees, that will reach out to young professionals in the upcoming year.

The society hopes to bring in a total of $525,560 in 2014.

A good portion of that will come from fundraising, although Todorov would not disclose a specific figure. In 2014, the board exceeded its fundraising goal of $100,000 by $20,000.

"We set a very good groundwork in 2013 and saw successes from that, but we got a very late start so we are confident that 2014 will show growth," Todorov said.

Contingency plans are in place for any shortfall, she said.

"For instance, we have money in the budget for board training, but that would be an early item to get cut if fundraising doesn't meet expectations," she said.

Society officials had budgeted $416,633 for 2013 and spent $402,100.

The remaining $14,532 was placed in the Historic Preservation Restriction, a fund dedicated to paying the new historic preservation expert.


Other matters

In other news from last week's meeting, the board appointed Brittany Gibson to fill the unexpired term of Mike Cornelis, a trustee who resigned last month.

Also, title changes are in order for Todorov and Russ Arledge, current program and operations manager at the Meeting Haus.

Jan. 1, Todorov will be executive director of the society and Arledge will be curator of archives and facilities.